They started with a 1,000 square-foot space, then expanded to a 9,000 square-foot space on Joy Street in Somerville, pictured below.
A year later, Boston has made it known that they need and want this community DIY space and that they want it big.
So on September 1, Artisan’s Asylum will be moving to a 25,000 square-foot space at 10 Tyler St. in Somerville, halfway between Union and Porter Square.
With a bigger space, more artists will be able to rent workshop space and cultivate their creative urges. There will also be communal area for group gatherings and room to fit all of the tools, projects and gadgets that Artisan’s Asylum has accumulated in the last year.
“We really want to provide enough space so people can dig in,” says Artisans Asylum co-founder Gui Cavalcanti.
What’s more this non-profit organization will be able to hire (as in pay!) a few full-time staff members.
Those are more than enough reasons to party, so to celebrate and support the space, Artisan’s Asylum is holding an open house and fundraiser on Saturday, July 9 at the new space on Tyler Street. There will be art installations, gallery presentations, tours of the space, performances from Esh Aerial Arts, spinngers Andrew Insect & Ace, music by DJ madDELISH, free food and drinks from local shops and a bouncy castle.
How’d they happen to have a bouncy castle?
“I own a bouncy castle because I decided for my 25th birthday I wanted nothing more than to ride down the Charles River in a bouncy castle,” says Cavalcanti.
This shouldn’t be a surprise coming from the place that is also home to Somerville’s most badass (and probably only) nerd bicycle gang.
So party on down to Tyler Street on Saturday to bounce on the cleaned up castle and celebrate Boston’s unquenchable thirst for community art space. Or if you can’t make it there, you can still donate to Artisan’s Asylum pledge campaign here.
[Sat 7.9.11. 10 Tyler St., Somerville. 7pm-11pm /all ages/$25 suggested donation. artisansasylum.com]